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Rivah Visitor's Guide

One Woman's Opinion

Order Mary Buxton’s books
imageLife and love in the rural tidewater area of Virginia is a common thread that runs through nearly all of Mary Wakefield Buxton's books. The push and pull of old and new, North and South, man and woman, life and death, are discovered, illuminated and reflected upon in each of them. Such is the heart and soul of a writer.


Holy Cats!
imageUrbanna has a problem with feral cats. They live in the ravines that spread through the village like tentacles, offering perfect, wild cover for cat colonies. If one walks through the village at night, one is treated to a variety of cats out on an evening prowl.


Town and county
It’s been a busy fall in town and county. The season started on Labor Day with a visit from daughter Liz, and her children Hayden and Walker. Liz has moved from Baltimore to Lexington, Kentucky, this year to head the Blue Grass Conservancy, a group that places horse farms in trust to preserve rural lands forever.


Take Heart
imageWell, the unthinkable happened. Donald J. Trump was elected President. Since the campaign started over 15 months ago, this was considered a ridiculous, if not impossible, conclusion. Most every newspaper editor and columnist, TV commentator, political pundit, and mavens in academia literally laughed at the thought.


Hard Times, Conclusion
In 1963 the U.S. was the most powerful nation in the world. It’s hard to believe now that I actually appeared at the Fleet Landing in Naples, Italy, in January of that year with no ID and simply said, “I’m Mary Wakefield from Vermilion, Ohio, here to see Ensign Joseph T. Buxton III on the USS Antares.”


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